Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current IssuesAuthor: Peterson Institute for International Economics
25 Sep 2017

Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.

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    Trade Talks Episode 4: Holding the WTO Hostage, Trump Style

    Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown focus on the Trump administration’s approach to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The episode describes US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s recently articulated positions involving WTO dispute settlement rulings adverse to the United States (e.g., “zeroing”), a looming crisis in Geneva that threatens the WTO’s independent Appellate Body, and the administration's approach toward “mercantilist China” inside or outside the rules-based system.

  • Posted on 22 Sep 2017

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    Trade Talks Episode 3: Nerves of Steel: Waiting for Trump's Trade War

    Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad Bown (PIIE) focus on the risks of a trade war in the wake of President Trump authorizing a Section 232 investigation into whether steel and aluminum imports are a threat to US national security. The episode describes the law under which the president acted, along with the international response, including threats of retaliation.

  • Posted on 15 Sep 2017

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    Trade Talks Episode 2: Trump Threatens the South Korea–US Trade Deal

    This week Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes focus on the South Korea–US free trade agreement (KORUS) and President Donald Trump’s unhappiness with it, as his administration alternates between threats of withdrawal and renegotiation. The episode chronicles the rocky negotiating history of the deal, explains the role of professional economists in advising trade policymakers, and evaluates the performance of KORUS five years after it was finally implemented.

  • Posted on 07 Sep 2017

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    Trade Talks Episode 1 NAFTAnomics: The Economics of Three Big Fights

    Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the economics of trade policy. This week they focus on three big fights in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations, as President Donald Trump steers the trade relationship between the United States, Mexico, and Canada on Twitter. The first is about the ability of foreign companies to sue governments under NAFTA; the second is Trump seeking to remove constraints on imposing antidumping and countervailing duties on imports from other NAFTA countries, and finally, potential changes to the "rules of origin" that affect how much production takes place in North America.

  • Posted on 01 Sep 2017

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    Trade Talks Special Episode: Trump's Unfair Trade Action against China

    Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the issues involved in President Trump’s triggering a “Section 301” investigation of China’s unfair treatment of American intellectual property. This special episode covers two questions: What is forced technology transfer, and is it a problem? Is Trump's approach on China the right one?

  • Posted on 18 Aug 2017

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